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Woman Buys Back Her Neighbor’s House After She Is Evicted

Angie Tyma got the best gift for her 89th birthday.

Angie Tyma got a pretty special gift for her 89th birthday.

She was able to move back into her home in Florida after being evicted from it—thanks to a little help from her neighbors.

Tyma was kicked out of her longtime home when her landlord, a family friend, stopped making payments on the mortgage and the bank foreclosed on the home, according to WFLA. She had sold the home to a family friend after her husband died nearly 20 years ago.

Though she received a warning, Tyma didn’t believe she’d be thrown out on the street.

“They threw me out,” she said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

She ended up spending three weeks at a Days Inn Hotel.

“I went through hell and back,” she said. “I’ve lived in this house for 35 years.”

Her neighbors sprang into action, with one woman going above and beyond. Danielle Calder, who lives down the street from Tyma, decided to buy the house back from the company that purchased it at auction.

Calder paid $167,500 for the home and began renting it back to Tyma, whom she described as “the fabric of the neighborhood.”

“Quite honestly, I didn’t need another house,” Calder, 65, told TODAY. “But I needed her. I couldn’t see her living in a motel room. She’s been here so long. Everyone looks out for her.”

Calder said everyone knows Tyma, who is frequently seen walking her two little dogs.

“She’s an elderly woman, but she’s pretty feisty and she has lots of energy,” Calder said. Other neighbors helped paint and fix up her home before she moved back into it.

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Tyma, who is unpacking boxes, cleaning and making the house feel like home again, said this might be her best birthday present yet.

“Usually one of my neighbors bakes me a cake every year, but this time, when I got out of the car, and saw all these people, and the media… I was in a state of shock,” she said. “I was speechless. I couldn’t even talk.”

[H/t: Tampa Bay Times]